Borth Beach

At high tide this appears to be a sloping shingle beach divided by a series of wooden groynes.  Come here when the tide is out and you’ll be rewarded with a three-mile expanse of clean, golden sand.

The waters quality here is good and the shallowness of the waters combine to make Borth a popular destination for families as well as watersports enthusiasts.  Both the Ceredigion and the Wales coastal paths pass close to the beach and the area offers visitors a number of good walks.

Borth has an RNLI Lifeboat Station and there is a lifeguard presence on the beach during the peak summer season.

At the southern end of the beach lies a submerged forest and in certain conditions the remains of petrified tree stumps can be found here at low tide. Beyond this tall cliffs tower above the bay.

Local legend tells of Cantre’r Gwaelood, a lost kingdom from which church bells are believed by some to be heard to ring out in times of danger.

Free parking can be found around the village.  The car park at the Community Hall has a small children’s play area.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs not allowed on beach between 1st May and 30th September.

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  • Good fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing


  • Slipway

Nearest town



SY24 5HX

OS grid ref.

SN 6068 9006


free parking with disabled spaces

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag Award

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Borth Beach Reviews

Mar 12th 2022

Great beach, miles to walk and Cambrian forest is visible at certain times.

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Jul 18th 2021

The beach itself is strewn with lovely smooth pebbles of all shapes and sizes and has rock pools to explore. When the tide is out there’s a nice area of sand to run around on. Have seen two dogs on the beach so far in two days (18 July 21) and no sign of anyone patrolling. I have seen no signs of litter. Maybe lifeguards don’t come down this residential end and are further up where the beach becomes more popular.


Jul 09th 2021

Lifeguarded, the dog ban is policed, the beach is always clean, easy access ramp for people with limited mobility, shop & cafe close by, excellent spotlessly clean toilet block, car parking right next to the beach, free car park a short walk away, good mix of sand and pebbles, rock pools .. and a really friendly area.


Dawne Harrold
Aug 09th 2020

Seems pointless having the dogs barred from the beach when the human traffic there leaves all sorts of rubbish around after them.

Blue Flag Status

Jun 21st 2019

Seems pointless having a dog free beach when it is almost totally ignored and not policed .


Jun 05th 2019

great place have visited since I was a child

What did we get wrong?